Vasiliy Lomachenko has spoken out about a potential undisputed clash with Devin Haney, and his comments have left little room for questioning his desire for the fight.
Speaking during and interview with Top Rank, Lomachenko talked about a fight with Haney in a way the Ukranian has seldom spoke about would-be opponents before, saying it is a matter more of necessity than desire.
“I prepare for this moment. I need this chance, I need this fight, undisputed, undisputed world champion.”
With Lomachenko and Haney now both signed to promotional powerhouse Top Rank, a fight between the two should be relatively straightforward to make, with TR boss Bob Arum having already expressed his desire to organise the contest for the first quarter of 2023.
Any prospective fight between the two is dependent on both coming through their respective bouts this October unscathed. Lomachenko is set to face Jamaine Ortiz on October 29th, whilst current undisputed champion Haney will rematch George Kambosos Jr on the 16th.
Since his defeat to Teofimo Lopez towards the end of 2020, former pound-for-pound king Lomchenko has had to watch the landscape at 135lbs change dramatically. As fans and pundits spoke of the new ‘young kings,’ Loma inexplicitably became the forgotten man of the division overnight.
With his comeback fight pencilled in for next month and a mouth-watering undisputed showdown with Haney apparently waiting in the wings, all signs point towards Lomachenko getting the opportunity to reclaim his place atop the lightweight division and cement his legacy as one of the greatest 135lbers of all time.